Where was the new Florida Gator head coach and the Home Depot College Coach of the Year, Urban Meyer on Sunday? Was he in Florida enjoying the CaliFlorida bowl game? The night before Meyer finished coaching his last game as the head coach of the 12-0 Utah Utes and he did so in grand style. Did Meyer fly straight after the game to Florida? The answer is no.
After the Fiesta Bowl victory the classy Meyer spent time with his family and his players on the 12-0 Utah Utes.
After Meyer spent time with a special group of guys on the Ute ball club, Meyer hopped on a plane and headed west to spend the day with his quarterback of the future, Josh Portis (6-4, 200, 4.5) from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft.
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Meyer and Portis spent the day discussing football, the Fiesta Bowl victory and life as it is in the SEC.
They spent much of the time watching NFL football and talking about how successful the University of Florida will be over the next three to four years.
Portis had a sensational senior season that saw him earn the Los Angeles City Section Quarterback of the year after completing 158 throws out of 244 attempts passing for 2,293 yards and 36 touchdowns hitting 65 percent of his passes.
On the ground, Portis rushed for 865 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. For good measure Portis had a game winning touchdown catch.
Portis was also selected League Offensive Player of the Year as well as first-team all-city and first-team all-league.
The even better news for the Gators is this talented quarterback will enroll at Florida in time for him to participate in spring ball.
During Portis' official visit to Florida the young man had a meeting with the President of the University and the Athletic Director.
Both came away impressed by the young California signal-caller and are pleased that he chose Florida as the place to continue his education and his football career.